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Children's Literature and Literary Scholarship: Literary History, Theory & Criticism

Resources for the study of Children's Literature.

Children's Literature Criticism

Want to learn more about the craft of literary scholarship?  Below is a selection of resources that can help you to develop a better understanding of what children's literature literary research and scholarship entails.  For more in-depth help with finding articles, reading citations and finding cited materials, use the links in the table of contents or tabs at the top of the page to explore the resources in this guide.

In-Depth Information on Literary History, Theory, Criticism & More

The library catalog is a great place to find in-depth information on topics in literary history, biographies of writers, overviews of theory and criticism and much more.  Use a simple keyword search to locate information on a particular topic.  You can also look for specific books by title or for books by an individual author or browse the stacks by call number.

Remember that books are still the best place to go to understand a topic from beginning to end.

Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series

This series is designed to introduce students to contemporary trends in literary theory and criticism. Each volume reprints the text of a classic work of literature along with five essays that read the work from five contemporary critical perspectives.

Still can't find it? Try WorldCat.

If you don't find what you need in Simmons' catalog, search WorldCat for books in other local libraries or in libraries around the world.

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What Else Can You Find in the Stacks?

If you're looking for literary criticism, including critical articles as well as explications of critical theory, you might be tempted to look only in the databases for journal articles.  But books often collect a number of articles on a particular topic all in one place.  Below is a sample of some of the many books in the library's collection that contain essays on topics in children's literature and literary criticism.

Free E-Books!

Are you looking for an e-book that we don't have or for a free downloadable ebook version of your favorite title?  Try looking for it at one of these free e-book sites. Have fun exploring!